Benchmarks - 4 HDD / RAID 5
RAID 5: Use block-level striping with parity data distributed across all member disks.
HD Video Playback
HD Video Play - 720p HD stream from Windows Media Player 256kB reads
2HD Video Play - 2x playback
4HD Video Play - 4x playback
HD Video Record
HD Video Record - 720p HD stream, 256kB writes
HD Video Play & Record - 1 playback, 1 record simultaneously
2x HD Video Play & 2x Record - 2 playback, 2 record simultaneously
Photo Album - All reads - wide distribution of sizes
Office Productivity - Reads and writes, 1kB & 4kB reads; Mostly 1kB writes
Content Creation - 95% writes; 1k, 4k & little reads; Writes up to 64kB
File / Directory Transfer
Directory Copy From NAS - 64kB reads
Directory Copy To NAS - Predominantly 64kB writes, wide scattering under 16kB
File Copy From NAS - 4GB file copy, 64kB reads
File Copy To NAS - 64kB writes
This series of tests show single user performance with I/O coming and going to one PC. We configured the Thecus N6850 with an EXT4 file system, HDD sleep off and used a 10GbE Intel X520-SR2 to an Extreme Networks 400-48T. The client PC then connected to the Extreme Networks 400-48T switch.
The Seagate NAS 4TB outperformed the WD Red 4TB in every single user test with NASPT.